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Recent Consumer Protection News

VT FaMLI FAQ

FAQs For the current status of H.196, read more here.   1. What is Family and Medical Leave Insurance? Family and Medical Leave Insurance (FaMLI) is an insurance program that allows employees to take longer-term paid leave to bond with or care for a new child, an ill or injured family member, or to recover from a serious long-term illness or ...

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Public Retirement Plan Passes the House!

Vermont is moving forward with expanding access to quality retirement savings options for employees of smaller businesses. The House voted overwhelmingly in favor of S.135, an economic omnibus bill that included the public retirement plan. The bill passed the Senate in early April, and is now in Conference Committee awaiting final approval before it heads to ...

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House Approves Paid Family Leave!

The paid family leave insurance proposal, H.196, has been approved by the Vermont House! After hours of debate, representatives acted to advance the bill to the Senate by a vote of 88-58, where it will likely be taken up next year. Despite being significantly weakened throughout the committee process, H.196 still provides an important benefit not ...

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Paid Family Leave moves to the House floor!

  Yesterday, the House Appropriations Committee advanced H.196, the paid family leave insurance proposal.   This is great news! The paid family leave bill has had months of testimony from citizens, business owners, advocates, and experts, and is finally expecting a vote on the House floor next week. This proposal would allow workers to take needed time to ...

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VPIRG opposes S.45

This session, the Vermont Senate passed a bill that would have weakened the state’s existing strong law banning gifts from pharmaceutical and medical device companies to Vermont medical professionals. More and more, researchers are finding that gifts – even as seemingly insignificant as a free meal – have a real impact on consequent decisions made by ...

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Retirement Security bill passes through Senate!

S.135, an economic omnibus bill that includes the establishment of a public retirement plan for Vermonters, has successfully passed through the Senate! Now in the House Commerce and Economic Development and Government Operations committees, the bill follows recommendations from a report brought to the legislature earlier this year by the Public Retirement Study Committee, chaired by ...

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VT FaMLI moves to Ways & Means

After weeks of testimony, the paid family and medical leave bill was passed out of the House General, Housing & Military Affairs Committee last Friday. H.196 proposes a statewide family and medical leave insurance (VT FaMLI) program that would provide up to 12 weeks of paid time off for employees needing extended time for a birth, ...

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Secure retirement for all Vermonters

The numbers don’t look good: almost half of all private-sector employees in Vermont lack access to a retirement plan through their employer, and for those who are able to save, it’s often “insufficient”. In fact, the average balance for Vermonters with defined contribution accounts is the lowest in the country.Better retirement savings would strengthen the financial ...

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